This model boasts a convection technology that will let you roast, toast, and broil foods faster and achieve more appetizing cooking results, to say nothing about the utmost browning and crisping abilities of convection units.
A pizza pan might seem somewhat small.
If you're looking for a reliable and versatile kitchen helper to replace your conventional oven and save you the need of buying a microwave, a convection toaster oven from Dualit is by far the best option. Heating up in mere minutes and cooking fast, it will let you cook a variety of delicious foods in a healthy way and with minimum time and effort.
4 cooking functions, Manual temperature and cooking time adjustment
2 heating elements
120-minute countdown timer with a bell, Light indicators
4 legs, 9" Pizza pan, Grill pan, Rack wire shelf, Non-stick parts, Full-width removable crumb/drip tray, 2 insertion heights
A power of 1500 watts will cut down the cooking time to the minimum, whether you roast, bake, toast, or grill. Besides, 4 heating elements along with a zone selector dial will help achieve consistently good cooking results.
A bit bulky unit.
The Tower is a good toaster oven for family use. A large cooking chamber paired with powerful heating elements will let you cook family-size dishes and several servings of food without a hassle. Meanwhile, a variable temperature range along with a number of cooking accessories is perfect for cooking whatever you want.
4 cooking functions, Manual temperature and cooking time adjustment
4 heating elements
60-minute timer with a cooking end signal, Light indicator
Non-slip feet, Baking tray, Wire rack, Tray handle, 3 insertion heights
1-year standard warranty + 2 years additional extension
The oven door is made of heat-resistant glass to withstand high cooking temperatures ranging between 100 to 250 degrees Celsius.
It is very light and can be easily moved even when shutting the door.
Combining the functionality of an oven and a toaster, the Quest mini oven will come in handy for singles and couples as well as for students living in dorms and those who have open-space studios with concise kitchen areas. Though compact, the appliance is powerful enough to cook fast and diversify your menu with many tasty dishes.
Manual temperature and cooking time adjustment
4 heating elements
60-minute timer, Auto cut off with a ring bell, Light indicator
Non-slip feet, Baking tray, Wire rack, 1 insertion height
If limited space in your kitchen forces you to look for a small oven, you'll hardly find a better model than a compact toaster oven from Elgento. Although its capacity is only 9 litres, it doesn't affect a great range of functions it performs. Moreover, a 16-litre model is available.
Manual temperature and cooking time adjustment
2 heating elements
Rubber feet, 1 rack position, Bake tray, Wire tray, and Crumb tray included
Along with a wire rack and a baking tray, the package includes a detachable handle to safely place and remove foods from the oven.
The unit body is prone to heating during long operation.
Packed with all basic functions and cooking accessories, the VonShef toaster oven can be easily used as the main cooker at you home kitchen or in your summer house or as a complementary one when cooking for parties and large feasts. You'll be able to cook a variety of tasty treats and snacks and always achieve ideal results, thanks to adjustable cooking modes.
3 cooking modes, Manual temperature and cooking time adjustment
2 heating elements
120-minute timer, Light indicator
Non-slip feet, Baking tray, Wire rack, Tray handle, 2 insertion heights
Dualit 89200 18 L
Cook Faster, Easier, and Tastier
If you are one of those home cooks who prefer multi-functional appliances to a number of single-purpose ones, the Dualit 89200 toaster oven definitely deserves your attention. Not only will this model replace your conventional electric or gas oven and a microwave, it will also allow you to cook with less effort and faster without sacrificing the taste and appetising look of your meals.
Powered by 2 heating elements, this model heats up to an optimal cooking temperature (180°C) in about three minutes, which is quicker than a conventional oven does. The distinguishing feature of this toaster, however, is convection technology which helps cut down the cooking time and ensure more even toasting. In a convection cooking mode, the built-in fan ensures quick air circulation inside the cooking chamber and blows hot air on food from all sides. As a result, meals come out evenly cooked without any burned or uncooked spots. Another advantage of convection is that it delivers excellent browning and crisping results. You can be sure that your roasts will be browned to perfection and pizzas will have an appetizing cheesy crust. Three other cooking modes include defrosting, grilling, and baking, allowing you to thaw frozen treats, grill veggies, meat, and fish and bake deliciously soft and tender desserts or crispy pastries.
As for the controls, there are three dial knobs which you can turn to set a cooking temperature (from 100 to 230 °C) and cooking time (from 30 to 120 minutes). Plus, there's a timer which will keep you alerted when your dish is ready.
A Smart Combo of Design and Performance
The Dualit 89200 can be many things but "mini" isn't one of them for sure. With 18 L of internal capacity and a rich bunch of accessories (a removable wire rack, pizza pan, grill pan, and a drip/crumb tray), it's perfect for cooking large-size substantial meals, grilling a whole chicken, or baking several servings of Yorkshire pudding. That said, the oven has a very small footprint and needs very little countertop space which makes it a perfect match for all types of kitchens.
All in all, the Dualit 89200 can be a decent alternative to your full-size oven. It works great, has all the functions you'd expect from a normal cooker, and heats up superbly fast. Like all Dualit appliances, the oven has a timeless design and looks good in any interior. Plus, it includes the convection setting making it the all-rounder in any kitchen.
Tower T14012 23 L
A Powerful Family Helper
Due to their small cooking chambers, countertop ovens are not considered the best option for larger families. But it's not the case with the Tower toaster oven that boasts a 23 L cooking chamber that can accommodate a whole chicken and let you cook generous family-sized dishes. To help you get the most out of a high capacity, the appliance features 1500 watts of power. Hence, all you dishes, irrespective of their size and ingredients contained, will be cooked to perfection, and - more importantly - quickly. Depending on the recipe at hand, you will be able to adjust the cooking temperature (within the range from 90 to 230°C) and set the cooking time (up to 60 minutes). And there is no need to look into sophisticated digital controls. All settings can be adjusted with the help of mechanical dials, offering intuitive control and easy operation.
A set of standard cooking accessories include a wire rack and a baking pan. Thanks to a high inner capacity, instead of 1 or 2 insert heights the Tower provides as many as 3 heights that will let you not only fit a whole chicken into the oven but also cook two dishes at a time. This way, you can bake pizza and potatoes, roast veggies and fish, or lasagne and creamy juliennes simultaneously. And an alarm signal will let you know when cooking is over and it’s time to turn the appliance off.
Speaking of the Tower oven design, its all-steel construction is super durable and easy to clean. Non-slip feet securely keep the appliance in place on any surface, while a large glass door makes it easy to watch the cooking process in progress without opening it, which is a great feature, especially for delicate baking tasks and cooking dough that requires raising.
Whether you need to cook a hearty family dinner, bake homemade muffins or crunchy cookies for several kids, or make some toasts for breakfast, a capacious and powerful Tower toaster oven will cater to your cooking needs.
Smart Heat Distribution
It’s important to note that Tower's T14012 adjustability is not limited to time and temperature settings only. There is more to come. This oven also provides 3 cooking functions so you can choose the most suitable one depending on what cooking task you've got at hand.
The Tower T14012 features 4 powerful heating elements built in on the top and at the bottom of the appliance, and a function dial allows selecting one of the three heating combinations for maximizing heat distribution inside the chamber and achieving ideal cooking results. A grill option that engages upper heating elements works great for toasting bread and grilling meats, bacon and sausages. Lower heating is suitable for warming and defrosting as well as slow cooking. A conventional mode, with both upper and lower heating elements being activated, is the best choice for veggies and bakery, breads and casseroles.
Quest 9 Litre
Affordable and Functional Cooker
It's not only the shortage of space that often drives us into searching for mini appliances. Another popular reason is that many people simply do not want to pay for appliances they can get with a smaller price tag. If that sounds like you, then a mini toaster oven from Quest will come in handy. At half the price of premium models, it has everything you expect in a toaster oven. Let's see what's the deal.
Being 20 cm high and 35 cm wide, the Quest mini oven is even smaller than a microwave, which means you'll easily find place for it on a countertop or on a shelf (above). Just make sure to leave some space around it to ensure proper ventilation. As compact as it is, the oven offers 9 L capacity, which is enough to cook single or dual-serve dishes. And though it might not accommodate a whole chicken (depending on its size), the internal capacity of the oven is still big enough for cooking most other things: roasting burgers, grilling crispy pizzas, baking potatoes and potato chips, roasting two big juicy steaks or making all kinds of bakery, from mouth-melting muffins and airy cheesecakes to crispy croissants to quiches and meat pies not to say about toasty sandwiches.
The controls of the oven are simple and straightforward. There are two dial knobs on the front that will help you set the cooking time (up to 60 minutes) and temperature (up to 230°C). Other than that, there are no more settings to adjust. It doesn't have separate cooking modes, like toaster ovens with a higher price, and cooking is totally controlled by you.
Where the Quest mini oven, certainly, doesn't lack in is performance. It's powerful (100 watts) and has 4 heating elements that allow it to minimize cooking time and ensure efficient heat distribution for evenly cooked results without uncooked spots and lumpy middles.
Summing up, combining the functionality of an oven and a toaster, the Quest mini oven will come in handy for singles and couples as well as for students living in dorms and those who have open-space studios with concise kitchen areas. While being compact in size, the appliance has enough power to let you diversify your menu with many new tasty dishes and cook them really fast.
Cook Fast and Cook Safe
Featuring no-frills design and fitted with comprehensible mechanical controls, the Quest toaster oven is very easy to use. Yet, despite its simplicity, this model offers a number of options that make the appliance as safe in use as possible. Non-skid feet will keep the unit stable on any surface. Side vents ensure due ventilation to prevent overheat. Made of dual tempered glass, the oven door can easily withstand high temperatures, while a cool-touch handle will keep your hands away from hot glass. Like other toaster oven models, the Quest has a timer with an alarm bell signalizing that the cooking process is over. The timer in this device is also complete with an auto shut off option which means the oven will automatically switch off when the dish is ready.
Great Choice for a Small Kitchen
If your kitchen is tiny (or you don’t have a separate kitchen at all) and there is no space for a full-sized oven, it’s time to consider Elgento E14025 model. Its dimensions are 41.4 cm x 28.7 cm x 24.6 cm, so it will definitely find its place in your house. Moreover, a size this compact gives you a chance to take the oven outside (for example, to a friend's house). Four rubber feet provide the oven's stability and protect the surface from overheating. As for its capacity, it is only 9 litres, however, the oven can still surprise you with its performance. Cookies, cakes, pizzas, chicken wings, toasts or hot sandwiches—Elgentomini oven is suitable for cooking all this and even more. It’s possible due to adjustable 90°C - 230°C temperature and 800-Watt power level. And with a 60-minute timer, you’ll never run a risk of overcooking your dishes.
Clear Some Space in Your Kitchen
Even if your kitchen is small, you still can make use of it. Here is some advice on how to do it.
- Don’t clutter limited space with bulky kitchen appliances. Try to choose compact-sized fridge, substitute a stand mixer with a hand one, and purchase a versatile mini oven.
- Consider getting a folding table.
- Built-in kitchen hood is another way to save space.
- Minimise the number of cookware. Use only those pans and bowls that are really necessary.
Having examined the Elgentomini oven closer, we dare say it will please you with its package contains. The manufacturer has included a baking tray, a wire rack, and a crumb tray in the box, so you have all necessary accessories to start using the oven right out of the box. Needless to say that the rack will come in handy to cook meat and fish or to defrost a pre-made pizza. Plus, it’s convenient to make toasts or sandwiches using the rack. The tray is an ideal cookware for meat roasting, vegetable stewing, and baking. Finally, crumb tray is what you need for hassle-free maintenance of your mini oven since it prevents crumbs from gathering inside the appliance. All in all, with necessary accessories included, Elgento mini oven will become your irreplaceable kitchen assistant for long years. However, if you want to extend the number of useful extras, feel free to choose among silicone, glass, and ceramic cookware as these are the materials considered to be the best for cooking in mini ovens.
VonShef 2000003 20L
Basic Functionality for Day-to-day Use and More
Big conventional ovens are considered to be a kitchen staple and modern models come in sophisticated designs and offer a bevy of additional functions. Yet, in day-to-day cooking, we rather use some simple functions than intricate options. Besides, it’s not always that we need all the capacity of a conventional oven which means we might simply waste energy when cooking a single dish in a big oven. Hence, a compact and energy efficient mini oven with basic functionality would be a nice complement to a full-size cooker or even a substitute for a bulky standard oven in flats, studios, and smaller kitchens. The VonShef mini oven is exactly this type of appliance.
Generously sized from the inside, the appliance boasts a compact profile. So, it will take minimum space on your countertop and will easily find its place in a small kitchen of a holiday house or even RV. Besides, you can easily stow it away in a closet if not in use. A 20 L cooking chamber can accommodate two cooking trays at once or a relatively big whole chicken. It means you're free to cook substantial family breakfasts, heart Sunday dinners, or make a variety of delicious snacks for feasts, parties or friendly get-togethers.
When it comes to the unit functionality, the cooker provides all basic functions of a conventional oven and even more. Making toasts and crisping bacon, roasting vegetables and grilling meat, baking bread and making a number of scrumptious desserts are the functions you will enjoy with the VonShef mini oven. In addition to these functions, you will also be able to reheat precooked foods and warm up plates before serving your meals. Thanks to powerful 1350-watt heating elements, the appliance will cook really fast and all your meals will come out just great.
A standard set of accessories includes a baking tray that makes for a sturdy and functional flat cooking surface, a supportive wire rack on which you can toast bread or/and put different baking moulds, and a crumb tray to collect food residues and facilitate cleaning. Also included is a detachable handle that will let you safely place and remove foods from the oven.
Packed with all basic functions and cooking accessories, the VonShef toaster oven can be easily used as the main cooker in you home kitchen or summer house or as a complimentary oven if you do a lot of cooking.
Cook Your Meals Your Way
Mechanical controls that this model comes equipped ensure easy adjustment of cooking settings to meet different cooking techniques and cook different dishes. You can set a temperature from 70°C to simply reheat your meal up to 230°C to obtain a perfect golden crust on your juicy steak. Meanwhile, cooking times can vary from 5 minutes for toasting bread slices up to 120 minutes for grilling a chicken. One more option we can’t leave unnoticed is variable cooking functions. You can switch only a top heating element to melt and crisp cheese on your pizza or brown baked potatoes to perfection or use only a bottom heater to warm up foods and slow cook veggies in a deep pan. Meanwhile, by activating both heating elements simultaneously, you will expedite the cooking process an achieve even cooking results.
What Is a Toaster Oven?
Kitchen appliances were engineered to simplify the process of cooking. However, each appliance performs different functions for cooking various dishes. This is the reason why home cooks often want to obtain as many cooking appliances as possible. But here we face the problem of limited space in the kitchen and, thus, want to find some versatile unit that can replace several kitchen appliances at once. Today we are going to present you a toaster oven - an appliance that combines the capabilities of a microwave oven, a toaster, and a conventional oven. Almost all toaster ovens can make toasts, however, unlike ordinary toasters, this appliance is used for barbequing, baking, broiling, warming, reheating or defrosting different kinds of food. A toaster oven heats up due to the infrared, quartz or ceramic heating elements and hence, generates less heat in comparison with other kitchen appliances. Toasters that people love best can accommodate large portions of food, take little space, and offer different pre-set cooking functions to make cooking faster and easier. Be sure that this versatile appliance will become an indispensable assistant in your kitchen. Sounds interesting, doesn't it?
What Features to Compare
When it comes to buying a toaster oven, you should primarily consider its type and cooking modes. There are several different types of ovens available on the market and each one has its own peculiarities.
- Standard toaster ovens can toast from 4 to 6 slices of bread at a time. They allow you to control temperature and choose different cooking modes. Standard toaster ovens are perfect for warming, baking, and toasting.
- Convection toaster ovens have a fan inside the appliance that evenly distributes heated air throughout the interior, thereby reducing the cooking time. Therefore, owing to the even heat exposure, you can preset lower cooking temperatures.
- Infrared toaster ovens transfer heat directly to the food instead of heating the air around your dish. Infrared toaster ovens don't require preheating and cook about 50% faster than standard toaster ovens.
- Rotisserie toaster ovens are equipped with their own spit, allowing you to roast the whole chicken for a dinner. So, some models are convenient for rotisserie cooking only. On the other hand, rotisserie is an additional element in a fully-featured toaster oven.
The cooking modes are meant to automatically adjust temperature, time, and heating mode just at the touch of a button. Automatic modes allow you to prepare a certain dish at the ideal temperature and heating mode quite quickly. In addition, a wide variety of pre-set modes allows preparing dishes in different ways: bake, broil, warm, reheat or defrost. Some toaster ovens boast the capability of manually controlling time and temperature in all preset cooking modes. This option will allow you to choose the optimal temperature for any meal. On the other hand, several models of mini-ovens offer only a manual time and temperature selection. For those who prefer having crispy and brown toasts, toaster ovens allow varying the shade settings. The manufacturers equip toaster ovens with up to 7 shade settings to meet requirements of the pickiest users.
The next important aspect to take into account when choosing a toaster oven is its functionality. This feature depends on 2 major criteria - capacity and power. Capacity is the interior space of the unit that determines the amount of food a toaster oven can hold. It is a good idea to consider what food you are going to cook in it along with how much counter space you have. The size of a toaster oven directly depends on its capacity. Choose a small appliance to free up a counter space or opt for a bigger one if you want to expand your cooking options to make a roasted chicken.
Another criterion to take into account is the power of an appliance. The power heavily depends on the capacity - the higher the capacity is, the more power a toaster oven requires. For example, a toaster oven with an average power between 1000 - 1500 Watts will be actually enough to satisfy your basic cooking needs. A mini-oven with the power about 2000 Watts and above can easily replace a conventional oven.
And the last step on your way to choosing a toaster oven is to consider its additional options and usability. The first thing we should refer to is toaster oven's controls. There are 2 types available: mechanical and digital. The mechanical controls are known as the most reliable and easy-to-use. Such toaster ovens have a couple of mechanical dials that you need to turn to select the power level and the cooking time. Other models are equipped with digital controls - a touch panel and a display - where each function is regulated by pressing the corresponding buttons. We should also mention the importance of the built-in timer. Once you set the timer, you can have your meal ready and hot by the time you need. The auto shut-off feature is also quite important as it serves as a safety option. Toaster ovens with additional functions such as defrost and reheat will replace a microwave oven and cut down your expenses on electricity bills. For your convenience, some mini-ovens are engineered with the interior lights that allow you to see when your dish is ready. So, you needn't open the door to see the food-progress while cooking. One thing that is peculiar to all toaster ovens is a removable crumb tray. It collects all the crumbs and facilitates the cleaning process. You will never catch the smell of burnt bread and will easily empty the tray even while toasting. And the last but not the least important feature to consider is the internal coating of a toaster oven. It directly depends on the ease of cleaning and durability of an appliance.
Note: the casing of a toaster oven heats up quite a lot, so it's prohibited to use it near combustible and flammable materials (such as plastic, for example). Besides, not all frozen food can be cooked in a toaster oven; read the labels and carefully follow the instructions.
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Some interesting things you can do with your toaster oven
Practical benefits of toaster ovens include convenient size, shorter cooking times, functional versatility, energy efficiency, ease of use and maintenance, and budget-saving opportunities. However, many customers do not take full advantage of the oven and use it mostly for warming leftovers, crisping toasts, and reheating ready-to-eat frozen meals from the store. The benefits of a toaster oven do not end here though. Here is the list of things you can do with your toaster oven other than warming and reheating food:
Fruits and veggies dehydration. At the lowest temperature settings, toaster ovens function as perfect dehydrators. Simply cut your fruit and veggies into thin slices, place them on a baking sheet and cook for several hours until all moisture and juices evaporate.
Homemade potato chips. Just cut potatoes into paper-thin slices, toss them with some olive oil, add salt, pepper, paprika, fennel, or some other aromatic herbs and roast in the oven until golden brown.
Healthy roasting. Any type of meat, be it pork, beef, lamb, chicken, or turkey, can be roasted in a toaster oven to perfection. Both a juicy pork chop and a lean chicken breast will be given a mouth-watering golden crust and remain juicy and tender from the inside. Besides, you can cook with minimum oil and add flavour by simply scrubbing the meat with your favourite seasonings.
Warming plates. In first-class restaurants, they serve main courses, roasts, and grilled dishes in warm plates. It prevents the foods from cooling too quickly and let you enjoy deliciously warm and appetizing dishes. With a toaster oven at hand, you can serve your home dishes the same way by heating plates at low temperatures for a minute or two.
Roasted nuts and toasted coconuts. Roasted nuts are a tasty and healthy snack you can make at home in your toaster oven. Simply spread nuts over a baking sheet, add some salt or any other seasoning to your liking and roast within 20 minutes. Coconuts can also be toasted to a golden-brown color and serve as a perfect addition to many desserts.
Giving a new life to old crayons. Tired of broken crayon pieces scattered all over your house? Strange though it might seem, a toaster oven may help. Instead of buying new crayons for your kiddies, you can place those broken crayons (without a paper cover) into foil, melt them in an oven and simply let them cool. Be sure, you little ones will be excited about their new multi-coloured crayons.
Clay crafter best helper. If you are into making all sorts of accessories from clay and polymer clay, a toaster oven will come in handy to make your crafts dry and solidify.
A vegan dream from a toaster oven
Tofu is a favourite ingredient of those who eat meatless. A so-called soya cheese has no distinct taste and easily absorbs other flavours. It's often marinated and fried with herbs and seasonings and it adds a special zest to a meal. The only issue with tofu is that frying often makes it quite chewy and greasy in texture, which may ruin the end results. This issue, however, can be easily avoided. If you follow our toaster oven recipe you will be able to hit the aim from the very first try.
- Cut your tofu thick cubes and dry it with a clean towel.
- Make a marinade by whisking a tablespoon of soy sauce, maple syrup, balsamic vinegar, vegetable oil and sriracha sauce with a ¼ teaspoon of granulated garlic and granulated onion.
- Toss your tofu cubes with a marinade and let it soak in a fridge for about an hour.
- Then take tofu pieces out of the marinade and broil them spread over a baking sheet at a high temperature for about 10 minutes or until brown and crispy on the edges (depending on your oven settings).
Toasted tofu is a great snack as well as a great ingredient for salads, veggie wraps, rolls, burritos, and stir-fries.
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